For courses in Introduction to Law, Introduction to American Law, and Introduction to Paralegalism. This book provides students with an interesting introduction to law presented in an effective skill-building format. It explains the basics of the U.S. legal system, focusing first on organization and operation, then introducing students to the major areas of law practice and the legal principles that apply. Throughout the text, legal concepts are defined and explored in a clear, concise manner--with numerous hypothetical case examples to demonstrate the application of theory. Varied exercises help students develop strong legal vocabulary and analytic skills.